After a student survey that showed low levels of awareness around the Goals, a special day was organised at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, Students for the Global Goals, to engage students more. Twenty companies participated as well as a number of interfaculty student clubs.
This year students from signatory schools were invited to take part in the 2018 PRME Innovation Challenge working with Manitou Group, a world-leader in design, manufacture, distribution and servicing of all-terrain, material-handing equipment for construction, agriculture, mining and industrial applications.
Every year students at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand take part in a 21 Day Challenge where they have the chance to work in teams over 21 days on a project that positively impacts a community. Each team identifies critical issues, prioritises them, develops a proposal and presents it to a judging panel, all with the support of a business mentor.
For the Global Day to #act4SDGs on September 4th, marking the third anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals, the University of Wollongong organised an interfaculty student challenge where students came up with local solutions to the SDGs. Several faculties were involved including Business, Law, Humanities, Arts, Engineering, Information Sciences, Science, Medicine and Social Sciences. The University of Wollongong is one of many Signatories that take part in the global WikiRate Student Engagement project which was also featured this year. This past month we featured the winners of the student video competition organised around the 5th PRME Research Conference in Cologne. Twenty-six video submissions were received from around the world focused on students views and ideas on responsible management education.
Every year more reports and resources are being launched around the SDGs. Several posts highlighted some recent SDG resources including the World Bank SDG Atlas for 2018, A Guide to Sustainable Development Goals Interactions and another on Sustainable Cities to name a few. Earlier in the year another series of posts focused on a few key resources that give a good overview of each of the 17 SDG including links to the work of the Global Environment Facility, UNEP work on aligning the financial system with Sustainable Development, the Open SDG Data Hub and the Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs. Recently a post highlighted 10 reports launched by the UN Global Compact in 2018 around the SDGs.
Signatories themselves are also developing local SDG resources. The University of Pretoria launched an online platform that aims to connect South African policy makers with the research and innovation they need to implement the SDGs (The South African SDG Hub).
TIAS School for Business and Society in the Netherlands presented the Dutch Female Board Index, an overview of the presence of women in Executive Boars of 85 Dutch listed companies as well as the TIAS Women Corporate Directors Next Generation programme that brings women who currently have a position in middle management into contact with role models.
Signatories continued to launch and run a wide range of sustainability focused MOOCs which were featured again during the year. In September we turned the tables and looked instead at the MOOCs being offered by different UN agencies including, bot not limited to Agora (Unicef’s global learning hub), InforMEA.learning (the UN information portal on multilateral environmental agreements) and the World Bank Open Learning Campus.
The final two posts of the year showcased ten Sharing Information on Progress reports from around the world worth reading. During the month of January PRiMEtime will focus in on reporting on the SDGs and this is just a sneak peak of what is to come.
Sustainable Business Examples
Once again this year I asked faculty to share with me some of their favourite local sustainable business. This included a luxury cosmetic company with an entirely sustainable production process (Jurlique) and a family owned chocolate company with organic certification (Haighs) in Australia. In Malaysia, a social enterprise reducing the exploitation of craftspeople (EarthHeir) another one turning waste into new products (Biji-Biji Initiative) and a programme that reintegrates homeless and poor families (The Starfish Project). In Ukraine, bakery that gives 40% of its income to social projects focused on Women in Crisis (Walnut House), the leading animal feed company (Kormotec) and a charity clothing store (Laska Store).
Again, congratulations for all of your successes this year and looking forward to working together in 2019! If you are an Advanced Signatory and have an example you would like to share, or requests of topics you would like to see featured, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.